What is it?
Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) is a freely accessible platform for searching finding aids from repositories across Texas (see http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro). The scope of primary source material available on TARO is as historically-rich and diverse as the state itself, including:
- Manuscripts of world-renowned artists & literary figures
- Records documenting Spanish Colonial Texas
- Film footage of the environmental & economic impacts of natural disasters
- Field recordings of Texas folk music traditions
- Photographs documenting major events of the Civil Rights Movement
Who uses it?
May 2014 statistics show that most researchers come from the United States (67%), but also hail from Germany, China, South Korea, France, Vietnam, Great Britain, Ukraine, Russian Federation, and Canada (complete TARO statistics are online). In 2013, TARO finding aids were accessed by over 581,483 unique visitors (with 1,184,469 visits and 7 million page views). TARO is the central, and sometimes only, online research tool for member repositories, with archives using it many thousands of times each year to assist researchers.
TARO has proven a rich resource for a wide variety of researchers including:
Who contributes to TARO?
Participating institutions include:
- African American Library at the Gregory School
- Texas State Library and Archives
- Southern Methodist University
- Texas A&M University
- Rice University
- Austin History Center
- Old Jail Art Center
- Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center